Technical Working Group on targets, indicators and milestones for SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020

The third meeting of the intersessional process considering SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 requested that a Technical Working Group be tasked to advance work on targets, indicators and milestones in preparation for the fourth meeting of the intersessional process.
The outcomes of the meetings will serve as a contribution to support decision-making for beyond 2020 at the fourth meeting of the intersessional process considering SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 originally scheduled in March 2020 in Bucharest, Romania and postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Role of the Technical Working Group

  • Review proposed targets, assess alternatives and improve consistency in terminology and approach.
  • Review targets to increase the balance towards impact-oriented ones.
  • Make suggestions for a cohesive and coherent target-indicator framework including identification of existing sources of data and data collection, as well as recommendations on a set of high-impact/high-priority targets and associated indicators.
  • Clarify key actors for existing data.
  • Propose indicators for Emerging Policy Issues.
  • Identify and provide suggestions on the role of milestones and how they can be advanced.
  • Prepare fact sheets on the proposed targets.
  • Identify any gaps.

This webpage is intended to support the technical working group and post relevant documents. The SAICM secretariat will post other relevant documents proposed by members of the Technical Working Group to further inform and support the work of the group.

This is an initial list of key information documents  listed under point 1 of Group A IP3 outcome document.  These documents will help inform the group and guide the work.

Initial list of key information documents

  1. SAICM/IP.3/12 - Report of the third meeting in the intersessional process to consider the Strategic Approach and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020
  2. SAICM/IP.3/INF/2 - Report from the technical expert workshop on indicators for the Strategic Approach Beyond 2020
  3. SAICM/IP.3/INF/13 - Update on the Strategic Approach Global Environment Facility Project
  4. SAICM/IP.2/8 - Proposal on objectives in support of the 2030 Agenda and related milestones
  5. Initial mapping of IOMC Indicators to the current objectives and targets of B-2020
  6. Thought Starter on Beyond 2020 Indicators and Milestones: Chemical Safety Contributions to the SDGs - Submission from IPEN
  7. Input towards the Beyond 2020 Indicator Development Process - Submission from ILO

Useful links

Technical Expert Workshop on Indicators, 3-5 September 2019

3-5 September 2019, Cambridge, United Kingdom

A technical expert workshop on indicators, generously hosted by the Government of the United Kingdom,  was held from 3 to 5 September 2019 in Cambridge, United Kingdom. The workshop was run by the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).

The overall objective of the workshop was for participating experts to:

  • Identify and review existing and potential new indicators and indicator criteria to enable assessment of global progress towards the proposed strategic objectives for chemicals and waste; and
  • Provide information to assist in further elaborating the targets to ensure they are Specific, Measurable, Ambitious, Realistic and Time-bound (SMART).

Workshop documents

Presentations

  1. Workshop Objectives, Defra, Government of the United Kingdom
  2. SAICM and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste, SAICM
  3. Analysing targets to help develop indicators, UNEP-WCMC
  4. Developing Good Indicators, UNEP-WCMC
  5. Examples of environmental conventions reporting processes, UNEP-WCMC
  6. Health indicators of relevance to monitoring sound chemicals management: experience with SDG3 and the international health regulations, WHO
  7. Indicators experience from the Convention on Biological Diversity and the SDGs, UNEP-WCMC
  8. Public Interest NGOs Contribution to SAICM, IPEN and PANā€Ethiopia
  9. Reflections for indicator development from an environmental health perspective, University of Cape Town
  10. Stakeholder contribution to SAICM and possible collaboration area’s, Cefic and ICCA
  11. Synergies with other processes, UNEP

Background documents

  1. SAICM Background Reading
  2. Key Knowledge for Successful Biodiversity Indicators
  3. SDG+CBD Indicator Factsheets
  4. Chemicals Indicator Workshop Report
  5. Reporting under international agreements
  6. Considerations for data
  7. ILO input towards the Beyond 2020 Indicator Development Process
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